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Public art project shares artist reflections on life during the COVID-19 pandemic

One of the 16 bus stations displaying art by local artists who have captured and reflected on life during the COVID-19 pandemic in Kingston. This piece is Cultivate Inclusion by Leah Riddell. Photo by Logan Cadue.

A new public art project has been displayed on 16 Kingston Transit bus stations across this city. The Art all Around project features 20 local artists who have captured and reflected on life during the COVID-19 pandemic in Kingston.

Kingston artists representing different disciplines – including the visual arts, music, theatre, dance, writing – were commissioned to respond to the question: “Where do we go from here?” the City of Kingston said in a media release, dated Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. The result is the creation of a series of powerful textual responses combined with unique visuals that speak to a diversity of thought in this complex moment. 

“Through this public art project, we wanted to engage local artists in the conversation of city-building, resiliency, and recovery post-COVID-19,” said Danika Lochhead, Manager, Arts and Sector Development. “Artists and creativity have a critical role to play in our community as we move towards reopening, reflect on what’s happened over the last 18 months, and find a good path forward.”   

As part of this project, residents are also invited to share their response to the question “Where do we go from here?” using the hashtag #WhereFromHere on Instagram and Twitter. 

Featured Artists  

Céline Klein, Chantal Thompson, Deb St. Amant, Elizabeth Morris with Alistair Morris, Eric Williams, Kayla MacLean and Luca Tucker with Erin Ball, Jill Glatt with Mutual Aid Katarokwi-Kingston, Kingston Freestyle Dance Collective, Leah Riddell, Liz Turner, Mo Horner and Grace Dixon, Roots and Wings, Ryan Lewis, Sadaf Amini, Sadiqa de Meijer, William Carroll, Yessica Rivera Belsham.  

To find the artworks’ locations and more information on the artists, visit the City of Kingston Public Art website.  

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